Botanic Gardens River Walk

There is an extensive network of paths to explore through the Botanic Gardens. This walk is recommended for those wanting a leisurely and scenic stroll from Rolleston Ave to the Armagh Street carpark.

COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, and to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

When you are out, you must stay two metres away from anyone who is not in your household.

Parks and cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only, and where possible we have closed off park car parks.  Please do not use any play equipment or exercise equipment.

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • Car parks within parks are closed for vehicle access
  • Visitor and information centres, i.e. Bottle Lake Forest and Travis Wetland
  • The Spencer Park animal area
  • Fenced dog parks, including Horseshoe Lake, The Groynes and Styx Mill Reserve. All other parks are available to exercise dogs in
  • All Council-owned sports facilities e.g clubrooms

Avon river flowing through the gardensStart: The entrance next to the Curator's House on Rolleston Ave.

Finish: Armagh Street car parks.

Distance: 1.5km.

Time: 30 minutes one way.

Dogs: Dogs are not permitted in the Botanic Gardens.

Access: Suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.

Toilets: Located in several places along the route including the Armagh Street car parks and the Woodland Bridge.


Meet the Avon River behind the Curator's House and follow its waters on a scenic tour through the Botanic Gardens.

This route will pass through the Temperate Asian Collection where beautiful flowers bloom in spring and a number of unusual fruits are showcased in autumn.

Continue along the path closest to the river and enjoy the bright Azalea and Magnolia Garden before coming to the children's play area and the bridge leading to the car park.

Map Listing